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WEAKNESS
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[ Also see Baseness Cowardice Cowards Dependence Endurance Fear Feebleness Frailty Indecision Irresolution Mediocrity Omnipotence Power Sickness Strength ]

The attractiveness that exists to man in the very helplessness of woman is scarcely realized.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

More men are guilty of treason through weakness than any studied design to betray.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Some weak people are so sensible of their weakness as to be able to make a good use of it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Weakness is more opposed to virtue than is vice.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Weakness is the only fault that is incorrigible.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We may not be weaklings because we have a strong enemy.
      - Hugh Latimer

Weaknesses, so called, are nothing more nor less than vice in disguise!
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The highest point to which a weak but experienced mind can rise is detecting the weakness of better men.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

I have never quite understood the relationship between beauty and weakness, womanly sweetness and womanly silliness; to my mind, indeed, that woman being the most beautiful who is the most capable, while weakness and silliness can never by any chance be other than unlovely.
      - E. Lynn Linton

Soft-heartedness, in times like these,
  Shows sof'ness in the upper story!
      - Amy Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 7)

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
      - James Russell Lowell

It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak. There is no natural connection between strong impulses and a weak conscience.
      - John Stuart Mill

To be weak is miserable, doing or suffering.
      - John Milton

If weakness may excuse,
  What murderer, what traitor, parricide,
    Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it?
      All wickedness is weakness; that plea, therefore,
        With God or man will gain thee no remission.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 831)

The weakness of women has been given them to call forth the virtues of men.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

The weak-minded man is the slave of his vices and the dupe of his virtues.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Soft without weakness; without glaring, gay.
      - Alexander Pope

Heaven forming each on other to depend,
  A master, or a servant, or a friend,
    Bids each on other for assistance call,
      Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 249)

Fine by defect, and delicately weak.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 43)

The more weakness the more falsehood; strength goes straight; every cannon-ball that has in it hollows and holes goes crooked. Weaklings must lie.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The feeble howl with the wolves, bray with the asses, and bleat with the sheep.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

Weakness is oftentimes so palpable as to be equivalent to wickedness.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

Even the weakest is thrust to the wall.
      - John Scogin, Jests

The weakest goes to the wall.
      - William Shakespeare

How sometimes nature will betray its folly,
  Its tenderness, and make itself a pastime
    To harder bosoms!
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Leontes at I, ii)


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